MUMBAI: By staking claim for the mayor’s office for four out of the full five-year stint in power, the Shiv Sena has neatly scored over BJP in the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC), a source said.
The two allies inked a power-sharing formula on Saturday following talks between Sena minister Eknath Shinde and BJP minister Sudhir Mungantiwar. The BJP buckled under Sena’s pressures and accepted the latter’s demand for four years of mayoralty.
“We accepted the Sena’s conditions as we didn’t want Matoshree to destabilize the Devendra Fadnavis government. We need Sena’s support to keep the government going in Maharashtra,” a key BJP leader said.
“We realized we can make the BJP agree to our demands as Fadnavis could never have chosen the MNS as an ally and the meagre number of Independents left little scope to alter political equations in the KDMC,” said a Sena functionary.
According to the formula, the mayor’s office will be with Sena for the first two and a half years, then go to the BJP for a year. The office will be back to the Sena for the remaining one and a half years. The BJP and Sena will share the standing committee chairmanship for a two-year term each. For the last year, the committee’s captaincy will be finalized after talks between Fadnavis and Thackeray.